Since his last album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business in 2014, Morrissey has been without a record label, has toured endlessly, been rumoured to be seriously ill and has allegedly made some dubious comments to the media.
Now on November 17th the results of that three year hiatus are released in the form of a new album Low At High School, a classic Morrissey record as good as any of his previous ten solo releases.
Recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studio in Rome the record is once again produced by Joe Chiccarelli and comes on Morrissey’s new label Etienne Records.
The cover of Low At High School has already made the news with its Axe The Monarchy photograph, and the recent stories regarding our beloved tax paying(or not?) Queen can only add to the controversy.
Morrissey Low In High School
First of the albums 12 tracks is My Love I’d Do Anything For You which starts with a weird howling followed by thundering drums and morphs into an almost Glam Rock song with Morrissey insisting that we need him as much as he needs us.
Next up is I Wish You Lonely, classic Morrissey raging about oligarchies,monarchies, the futility of life and those “fools who gave their lives on command” .
Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up On The Stage is next with an orchestral backing,could this possibly be slightly autobiographic given Morrissey’s fondness for touring?
Home Is A Question Mark, with an ethereal guitar sound and sense of longing, harks back to those old Smiths songs lyrically, and You Are The Quarry musically. The single Spent The Day In Bed is next, already embedded in the brains of half the nation and given its position almost halfway through the album could be seen as light relief from the drama to come!
I Bury The Living is the longest track on the album at 7.25, starting initially with an an eastern feel it again deals with futility, war and the disenchantment of youth and maybe radicalisation before ending with an almost sing song chorus.
In Your Lap a dramatic piano driven song, possibly the weakest track on the album, is followed by the The Girl From Tel Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel ,a song with a lively flamenco style hiding some dark lyrics.
America is next in the firing line on All The Young People Must Fall In Love before Morrissey injects a little humour with When You Open Your Legs and another Israeli reference.
Starting with a police siren Who Will Protect Us From The Police is pretty much self explanatory before we get to the last track on the album Israel, a beautiful haunting dramatic tune highlighting Morrissey’s affection for the country.
So there you have it, Low In High School the new Morrissey album, a very political collection of songs but with all the lyrical humour that Morrissey does so well. This is one of his best albums for a while once again proving that you can never write Morrissey off. Controversial yes, boring no !
Low In High School is released on 17th November on Etienne Records